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Alison Hodge (BSc Physics 1975)

Biography

Now Associate Dean in Aston University School of Engineering and Applied Science. My career has encompassed applied research, management of research and strategic direction of programmes. Initially in the UK Civil Service developing electronic devices for high performance systems. As a Department Head, I transitioned teams in the former Ministry of Defence research laboratories into Agency status then profit driven commercial company. Latterly I was University Partnerships Director. I am an enthusiastic ambassador for women in science and engineering and the need for STEM skills. My MBE is for Services to the Institute of Physics.

Why did you choose to study at the University of Reading?

I had the prospectus being one of the few universities offering agriculture

What was the best bit about living and studying in Reading?

The campus, halls, Jantac, Carouse, Operatic Society, etc.

What top tips would you give to students who are beginning their studies?

Meet people and get to know a little about disciplines outside your own, and take the opportunity to try things that are available at University that are not available elsewhere

What are you up to now? How did you get there?

Associate Dean in Aston University School of Engineering and Applied Science

What would be your top tips for students interested in working in this sector?

Network, network, network. Try work experience in areas of interest and prove whether they are really of interest!

How has the University of Reading and the Careers Centre helped in your chosen career path?

From my first degree I ignored advice to look for a job so landed up doing a PhD

What are your top tips for students graduating this year? What should they be doing to secure the job they want?

Again, network, network, network. Look and think about every thing you see and do and consider who is doing what job in those things you observe

What does the University mean to you and what is your favourite memory?

University life is what you make of it.
The Jantaculum and the Operatic Society's productions are among my favourite memories.

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